Do you know everything there is to know about LinkedIn? You might not! If you’re like most job seekers, you’re only using a fraction of the platform’s features.
One powerful component that many people neglect is messaging recruiters directly. If you’re interested in a specific position or want to get your resume before a recruiter, messaging them on LinkedIn is the way to do it. But what do you say?
In this article, we’ll discuss how to find the right recruiter on LinkedIn and go over some tips on what to say to a recruiter on LinkedIn, when you do.
What is a job recruiter? What do they do?
A job recruiter is responsible for ensuring that a company has enough talent to fulfill its position needs. Their primary role is sourcing the right talent for the right roles.
Recruiters use different promotional campaigns, advertising tactics, and networking events to help the company reach out to potential employees. Of course, with the rise of Linkedin, that process has streamlined dramatically.
How to Find and Message a Recruiter on LinkedIn
Before we jump into the messaging part, let’s look at how to find and message recruiters in the first place. You can use either LinkedIn’s internal search function or their directory (which is located under “connections” at the top of your “my network” page). Both options are great for finding candidates and reaching out. However, the directory has a few extra options that might be useful if you’re looking for a recruiter to fill a particular position.
Messaging a Recruiter by Company
Once you’ve found the right recruiter to contact, it’s time to message them! Click on their name and press the “send message” button. You can either send them a general message or one that includes your resume (which sometimes gets sent automatically).
If you want to reach out to a company as opposed to a particular person, it’s almost the same process. Instead of going to their profile and clicking “send private message,” go to the company page and click “send message.” From here, you can either ask to be introduced to someone in the company or send them your resume. You can also see if they’re currently hiring for any positions.
How to Write an Effective Message
Now that you know how to find and contact recruiters on LinkedIn let’s look at what you should say. Here are a few things to remember when messaging recruiters.
Personalize your message: Only you can know why you’re reaching out, so make sure you mention something specific about the job or recruiter. For example, if there’s an open position for a marketing manager at their company, tell them that’s the type of role you’re interested in. When it comes to personalizing, the more you can say about their company or position, the better.
Stay professional: Second, this is a business/professional platform, so keep your message professional and respectful. Even if you’re applying for a position that requires you to be social and fun outside of work, this isn’t the place to do it. Save that for the interview.
Be brief and concise: Recruiters are busy people, so don’t ramble on about your life story or background. They need to know why you want to work with them, plus everything about yourself they’d find on your resume (education, experience, etc.).
Include your resume: This brings us to our next point. Make sure to include your resume. If there’s any chance someone at the company will read your message, you need to send them your resume as an attachment.
Be polite: Last, don’t forget to thank them for their time (bonus points if you’re polite!) and let them know that they can reach out to you anytime with questions or more information about the role.